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Darling Harbour Location: Surrounding Cockle Bay on the western edge of the city.

One of the most pleasurable place to visit is Darling Harbour. This gem is tucked in the midst of Sydney's business district and provides an oasis of fun and peace away from the busy city streets. The tourist presence here is strong and it does not go without saying that Darling Harbour is the travelling tourist's Mecca in Sydney.

Darling Harbour sprang into life as part of the 1988 Bicentennial frenzy and has since then expanded itself to include a large shopping mall known as the Harbourside Shopping Complex, Segaworld, the Australian Maritime Museum, the National Aboriginal Cultural Centre and the Sydney Aquarium. Also included are the Powerhouse Museum, the Imax Centre and Chinese Garden and the Sydney Convention Centre which is home to many of the country and international exhibition.

Darling Harbour sign Most recently, Darling Harbour has introduced a new and exciting site known as the Cockle Bay Wharf which has three levels of delightful restaurants, nightclubs and an upmarket pub. Along side eastern side of Cockle Bay is the Cockle Bay Marina providing berthing for up to 50 private vessels in the heart of the city so you can park your craft (maximum length 12 metres) from 8am to 2pm.

Darling Harbour Towards the far end of the harbour where the aquarium and maritime museum are located, is the old Pyrmont Bridge which is considered as one of the world's first electrically operated swinging span bridge. The bridge still swings at certain time of the day so it is well worth to watch it in action.

Once the sun goes down, Darling Harbour comes alive with spectacular laser magic. The AquaMagic Film & Light Spectacular is one of the harbour's latest attractions with film and laser images projected onto two of the world's largest waterscreen. The show begins from Wednesday to Sunday depending on the weather.

For more information visit the Darling Harbour Homepage.

TIP: Weekends are probably the best time to visit Darling Harbour. It is a good idea to wear a hat, sunglasses and sun block as it can get quite hot in the afternoons. Bring a warm jacket for the evening.

If you are thinking of shopping for souvenirs, be a little cautious about the prices here. You have to remember that Darling Harbour is a major tourist attraction spot so the prices for souvenirs are probably higher than what you might pay outside.

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